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April 5, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Oscar Goodman, a former mob lawyer and self-proclaimed "happiest mayor in the world," breezed to a third term as mayor of Las Vegas. The Democrat won 84% of Tuesday's vote with all precincts reporting, easily avoiding a June runoff. Since he was first elected in 1999, Goodman has cultivated a popular, irreverent persona. He travels with a pair of showgirls and endorses Bombay Sapphire gin. He made headlines this year for teaching a class on martini making at a community college.
April 1, 2007 | Dan Neil, Times Staff Writer
AMERICA'S Fantasy Island in the desert, Las Vegas specializes in the once-in-a-lifetime thrills of the internal-combustion variety. When the river, the turn and the flop no longer hold your interest, here's a list of wheel-based giggles. SPEEDWAY CASINO Billed as America's only "racing-themed casino," this desperate and sketchy little casino is a few minutes south of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
March 27, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
Hilton Hotels Corp., the second-largest U.S. hotel company, said it would build a time-share property outside of Las Vegas that would include its first units under the Waldorf-Astoria brand. The project, which is scheduled to open in 2009, also will include 200 Hilton-branded units at the Lake Las Vegas Resort in Henderson, Nev., the company said.
March 21, 2007 | Tony Barboza, Times Staff Writer
A 4-year-old boy who authorities say was kidnapped by his mother in Altadena and taken to Las Vegas after she and another woman fatally shot his uncle was found unharmed Tuesday. Vanessa Ochoa, 22, the boy's mother, and Mesha Arshaz Dean, 25, a companion, were found with Ochoa's son, Manaen Miles, in a car driven by an unidentified man about 12:30 p.m., said Las Vegas Metro Police Det. Jose Montoya. The two women were arrested on suspicion of killing Monroe Miles Jr.
March 11, 2007 | Richard Abowitz, Special to The Times
A few blocks from the home I moved into last month is a synagogue. This is certainly not surprising, as Las Vegas has one of the fastest-growing Jewish communities in the U.S. But a little over a decade ago, the area I am living in now was empty desert. So how, among the cloistered, gated subdivisions, did a synagogue appear between my house and the nearest gas station?
March 4, 2007 | Benedetta Pignatelli, Special to The Times
THE journey to the Qua Baths & Spa, in the Augustus Tower at Caesars Palace, is a quick lesson in Las Vegas' brand of Baroque. First you ascend the 44 steps of the grand staircase, and then you follow a long hallway lined with marble and Aubusson rugs, black and gilded chandeliers in blossom, past two wedding chapels and the illustrious Restaurant Guy Savoy. Only trumpeters issuing a fanfare would make the experience more complete.
February 26, 2007 | Kimi Yoshino, Times Staff Writer
When hundreds of architects descended on Las Vegas two years ago for their annual convention, organizers scanned the Strip for tour ideas and rolled snake eyes. The pyramid? The faux Eiffel Tower? Not exactly paragons of high design. Out of desperation, organizers chartered buses to cart the group to Death Valley and the Nevada Test Site at Yucca Mountain.
February 25, 2007 | Marc Cooper, Special to The Times
JUST inside the Flamingo casino a few steps off the Strip, a trio of pink-felted $5 blackjack tables attracts a raucous crowd of enthusiastic players. Booze flows freely, and the piped-in music rocks. As the dealers snap and slap cards out of the plastic table shoes, the players' chip stacks accordion up -- and mostly down. Losing in Vegas is often considered par for the course, but it's happening at the blackjack tables at an accelerating rate. And it's easy enough to see why.
February 18, 2007 | Mark Heisler
What really stays in Vegas is your money, which is why there are so many fantasies about looting it in all the movies, songs and TV shows about the city. Not that it's even easy to imagine. Even after the thieves in "Ocean's Eleven" walk out of Terry Benedict's safe with $150 million, he finds them in the sequel and makes them pay it back, plus $40 million in interest. Asked if that's fair, Benedict, played by Andy Garcia, murmurs ominously: "I hope not."
February 17, 2007 | Mark Heisler
When I look out into your faces, You know what I see? I see a little bit of Elvis.... He's in the young, the old, the fat, the skinny, the white, the black the brown and the blue people got Elvis in 'em too. Mojo Nixon "Elvis Is Everywhere" LAS VEGAS -- And now he's in the NBA too! Welcome to the 2007 NBA All-Star game, or as it's known by its participants, fans and the people covering it, "What game?"
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